Man charged in campus undie thefts

Nov. 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Police at Florida Gulf Coast University said they arrested a 36-year-old man accused of stealing around 35 pairs of women's underwear in two incidents.

FGCU Police Chief Steven Moore said Cody Lee White of Cape Coral is believed to be behind a pair of October incidents, stealing 15 pairs of underwear in one incident and 20 pairs of underwear in the other, the Naples Daily News reported Thursday.

The arrest report said White told officers he has a sexual fetish for women's underwear and would regularly steal the clothing items from campus laundry rooms. He said he would discard the items after a time.

Moore said underwear thefts are rare on campus, but there have been other laundry-related incidents.

"We've had theft where one student has stolen clothing just because they wanted it, had somebody steal bed sheets or damage people's laundry, had somebody pour bleach in a washing machine because the clothes were left in there too long," Moore said.

White was charged with misdemeanor counts of loitering and petty theft. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.

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